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tonight on "world news," on the run. thousands racing to evacuate as water surges over the levees. and we ask about the two nuclear plants in the path of the rising waters. coming home. the president speaks. we know how many troops are pulling out of afghanistan. does this mean the u.s. cannot win? and does it make us less safe at home? caught on tape. an airline pilot in a rant about flight attendants, their age, their weight, their sexual orientation. and it's accidentally broadcast from the cockpit. and, the penguin who wandered 2,000 miles from home. the latest on the lost traveler tonight.
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good evening, as we come on the air tonight, a river is running toward thousands of people up north, surging over the levees. on target to shatter a flood record that's stood for 130 years. at least 11,000 people in the city of minot, north dakota, have to flee their homes and businesses in record time, and they say they have never faced anything likee this. neal karlinsky is at the foot of one of those levees. what is happening in the next 24 hours, neal? >> reporter: diane, we can't stay here very long. this is exactly why those alert sirens went off earlier today. this is one of the first breaches here. you can see the level of the water there just right at the tippy top. it is getting higher all the time, rushing over, straight into neighborhoods like this one, which have now been totally evacuated. in minot today, the warning sirens came sooner than anyone
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expected, and with an unmistakable message. time is up, pack your things and get out now. >> i think we pushed our limit. i think we need to be out. >> reporter: right now? >> yeah. pretty much. we're packed up. >> reporter: the urgency rdered on panic for some. desperate to save whatever they could from homes they were told would never flood. >> trying to save what we can. >> reporter: much of minot rests in low ground, the bottom of what is essentially a bowl. the water topping the river banks is gushing down from canada, as a result of heavy rains and hamas five late-season snow melt. the result? the flood record of 1969 has already been smashed. and up to nine feet more is on the way. >> this has been a highly unusual weather event. we don't know exactly what kind of devastation this can have. we've never seen anything like what we're expecting here. >> reporter: it's driven some to extreme measures.
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tony and brenda have spent 24 hours to try to wall themselves off from the river by building an eight-foot berm around their newly remodeled home. do you think you're going to make it? >> i don't know. >> reporter: emergency crews are doing the same thing for a nearby school, piling on a six-foot dirlt barrier. just one more wall in what's turning into a city of mazes, deslided by freshly built berms and bracing for the worst. >> what do you do? you do what you can, you go. >> racing against all that water. so, neal, give me a sense of what it's going to be in the next hours. how fast is that water going to come surging across? >> reporter: it's coming quick, diane. just about an hour and a half ago, there was not much here. you can see how much there is now. and a lot of the mud from this levee is coming with it. i cannot really walk here because my foots stick to the bottom with all this mud. it's like glue. >> well, i want you to stand by,
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if you can, and you're stuck there, so, i think i can count on it for another minute, because i want to tell everyone at home about another flood under way in nebraska, where officials are closely watching two nuclear plants along the rising missouri river. parts of the ft. calhoun station outside omaha are now underwater. officials say it is a controlled situation, because the plant has been shut since april for refueling. but there's a second issue, flood waters have come within inches of the cooper nuclear station downriver, and it is still operational. under observation tonight. so, back to you, again, neal. tell me what will happen if water begins to rise over an operational nuclear plant? >> reporter: well, the concern, of course, here, is knocking out the power, which could knock out the coming systems of these nuclear plants. right now, along the levels of concern they can have in a situation like this, it is important to note these are at the lowest. however, they have put up an
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eight-foot berm to block much the water at the plant just outside of omaha. they have put extra people on sight, giving them sat phones and backup generators. in the wake of the fukushima crisis, they are not taking chances, diane. >> though, at this moment, their concern, they say, is low. thank you, neal. and i know you have to clear out of there. and, now, we turn to the most powerful financial official in the country, he is a quiet man, but he rocked the markets today, warning, sically, there will be a daunting six months ahead for the u.s. economy. sharyn alfonsi now with what this means, and the dollars and cents of what americans should do in their lyes. >> reporter: he's still optimistic the economy will recover, just not as quickly as he thought a few months ago. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke today, saying the problems that are slowing the economy could persist well into next year. >> some of the head winds that have been concerning us, like problems in the housing sector, some of these head winds may be
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stronger or more persistent than we thought. >> reporter: and it's not just housing. bernanke blamed high gas prices and temporary factor, like high food prices and supply chain disruptions associated with the earthquake that slammed japan. is there some silver lining in there? >> yeah, there is. those are temporary factors. oil prices are back down. we're down to $3.50. and the japanese effects are temporary. japan is coming back fast. >> reporter: so, in the meantime, we wondered, what does this new forecast mean to all of us? if you are one of the millions of people looking for a job, what does this mean? >> it means the job market will continue to improve. the fed is expecting further job growth. but it's going to be tough going. >> reporter: and if you are one of the people that thought, maybe i'm going to buy a house this year, should you? >> well, it's a good time to buy a house. prices are down. and interest rates are very low. about as low as they've ever been. in terms of affordability, good time to buy. >> reporter: but there may be no
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rush. bernanke repeated a pledge to keep interest rates low today, and most private economists think rates will not go up. what if you were planning on retiring this year and you hear this news? >> it depends on your circumstance. but you should not expect a lot of return on what you've been saving, at least for a number of years. if you are planning for retirement, you have to take that into account. >> reporter: so, many retir reaps rely on the savings. and the low interest rates aren't doing them any favors. when does bernanke think things will get better? he thinks not until well into 2012. well into. >> sobering reality check. thank you, sharyn. and the president, tonight, reveals how many u.s. troops he is pulling out of afghanistan, but abc news has learned he is sending 10,000 troops home by the end of this year. another 23,000 by september 2012. that represents all of the
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33,000 forces he sent in last year under the troop surge. and, the troops have made a real difference, but the question is, what does this withdrawal mean for the gains that have been made, and what is the cost in martha raddatz in washington right now. martha? >> reporter: diane, the gains the troops have made have been very significant. as you say, the troops have made a real difference. what have we accomplished in afghanistan? you can see it when you walk in the villages. when you look at faces. with thousands of troops protecting them, life has returned to normal for some afghans. schools have opened, health clinics, young girls, especially, have freedoms their mothers never had. >> they're grateful for the americans coming here because they have no way to either defend themselves a lot of times or have any way to have work and jobs and, so, us being here has helped create some of those opportunities for them. >> reporter: in the south, once the stronghold of the taliban, the concentration of surge
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troops has improved security significantly. but what h h been the cost? in just 2011, the u.s. will spend more than $118 billion. and just since the surge began, more than 670 americans have been killed. 20-year-old matthew hennigan, 11 years old when the war began, was one of them. want to know what you said to the pictures when you went up there? >> we're going to miss him. >> reporter: is he the first person you've lost? >> yes. >> really rough to get through. he was a good guy. we miss him a lot. >> reporter: what is the price paid on the homefront? this is alex in 2005. he was 6 years old when his father gary first went off to iraq as a young lieutenant colonel. >> you need to come back with us and get in the car. reporter: he deployed to iraq three times. he is now in afghanistan, a
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brigadier general. and this is alex, now 13, who will have spent four and a half years without his father. how does that affect him? >> he doesn't like it. but when i told him why i was coming here, why it was so important, that great little man said, well, you go help those people over there, you get rid of those bad guys and then you come home. >> reporter: gary will not be home, diane, for another year. >> those families just as brave as the troops overseas. martha, you have been reporting, though, that the top generals oppose large withdrawals. so, what are they saying tonight? >> reporter: well, they have given different risk assessments and this is one they thought was a higher risk, the more rapid drawdown. but they are all on board. every person i talked to from the military said, look, we'll do whatever the president wants us to do and we'll still make progress. >> thank you, martha. and we will have full coverage of the president's
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speech, which will begin at 8:00 eastern time right here on abc. and, it's been a moving day, and another one, for first lady michelle obama in south africa. she told young women there, they have the power to help conquer the scourges of poverty and aids that plagues the continent. >> if anyone ever tells you that you shouldn't or you can'n' and i want you to say, with one voice, the voice of a generation, you tell them, yes we can. what do you say? yes we can. what do you say? yes wie can. what do you say? >> familiar, of course, her husband's rallying cry in his presidential campaign. and, our david muir is going to have an exclusive interview with mrs. obama in south africa tomorrow. be sure to watch it here tomorrow night. and, an announcement today
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about a country music legend, glen campbell. he has announced that he has early stage alzheimer's disease. he is putting out his final album this summer, and embarking on what is being called the glen campbell good-bye tour. his wife said they're going public with his illness because they want fans to know if he has some trouble on stage. and, still ahead on "world news," that stunning rant by the airline pilot. listen and decide. he didn't t ow it was being broadcast. the biggest threat to keeping pounds off. what is your personality in the kitchen? and what risk does it give you for gaining pounds over the years? and the penguin, lost and, now thousands of miles from home. we'll tell you the latest tonight.
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open, he complained to his co-pilot about the flight attendants. >> after that, it was just a continuous stream of gays and grannies and granded. >> reporter: he goes on to detail how it's increasingly difficult to find coworkers he wants to sleep with. >> now i'm back in houston, which is easily one of the ugliest bases. i mean, it's all these [ bleep ] old dudesnd grandnies and there's like maybe a handful of cute chicks. >> reporter: the passengerss couldn't hear. but air traffic controllers and other pilots certain lly could. >> okay, whoever is trans mittings better watch what you're saying. >> someone's got a stuck mike and telling us all about their endeavors. we don't need to hear about that. >> 360, sky west 6285. and they wonder why pilots have a bad reputation. >> reporter: southwest had not identified the pilot. he was suspended, but not fired. why not? the airline refused to grant us an interview. instead, they released this
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video statement. >> on behalf of the pilot, i want to apologize to our employees. to our customers, and to full low pilots in the industry. >> reporter: southwest sent him to sensitivity training. but that's not good enough for flight attendants. >> it's just upsetting that there's still people that we work with every day that have these views of flight attendants. and it feels very disrespect fu to us as a work group. >> reporter: tonight, that pilot is back in the air, though it's not clear how smooth his flights will be, now that his coworkers know what he really thinks. ryan owens, abc news, houston. and, when we come back, do you have to put on those pounds, as we all age? we'll tell you which foods turn out to be, in effect, public enemies number one, two and three. [ male announcer ] if you've been to the hospital with heart-r-rated chest pain or a heart attack known as acs, you may not want to face the fact that you're at greater risk of a heart attack or stroke. plavix helps protect people with acs
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your kitchen. hi, , . rich besser, abc news. what edie wants to know, are the foods on the most wanted list already hiding in her cabinets. let's see what we got. chips. public enemy number one. add a serving a day, and pack on four pounds in ten years. in the fridge -- you like poe day taupes? yes. >> once, twice a week. >> reporter: potatoes turn quickly to sugar in your blood, which could make you hungry sooner. more poe day taupes, gain more than three pounds in a decade. more fries, gain more than eight pounds. the other diet outlaws -- piling on processed meats, sugary drinks and read meat. with all its fat, can each add about two and a half pounds. tackle these, and your belt will fit better the good news, the calvary is nearby. adding some foods may help you lose weight. yogurt, nuts and grains have the
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mysterious ability to run the pounds out of town. t why are the carbs different? fiber. it makes the sugar from the apple hit your blood stream slowly and keeps you filling fuel slowly. when you add the bad stuff up -- >> that's seven and a half pounds if you increase that one serving over ten years, 18 1/2 pounds. >> wow. >> reporter: doesn't take much to gain weight. the study also measured sleep. too much or too little puts weight on. but the biggest help over that ten-year period, exercise. add one hour a week and you are going to lose an incredible four and a half pounds. we have a list of the foods on >> wait a minute. one hour a week? >> reporter: just a week. it's incredible. >> and how much sleep? >> reporter: well, less than six, more than eight. >> okay, thank you, rich. and, still ahead, you wrote
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caltrate helps women keep moving because women move the world. finally, we told you last night about that baby penguin who washed up on the shores of new zealand, thousands of miles from his family and home. david wright now on the latest. >> reporter: a tired little penguin, 4,000 miles from home. the locals have nicknamed it happy feet. poor little thing.rescue it. >> reporter: emperor penguins are the ones featured in that documentary, the only species able to reproduce during the brutal antarctic winter. >> in the harshest place on
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earth, love finds a way. >> reporter: ritual as poignant as any of nature's wonders. "happ happy feet probably hatched ten months ago. only once before has one of these snow birds poched up all the way in new zealand. >> we had one as far north is very, very exceptional. >> reporter: scientists say it probably got lost looking for food. >> it may have got caught in the jet stream or currents. he could have made a left turn at an iceberg, not a right turn and just lost his way. >> reporter: which is understandable. it's dark 24 hours a day right now in antarctica. conditions they've reproduced here at sea world. one of only three places in the world that has emperor penguins in captivity. penguins are resourceful. >> what are you doing? >> we're digging to antarctica. >> reporter: maybe not as resourceful as here.
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>> we don't belong here. >> reporter: new zealand officials say it's too expensive and dangerous to transport this penguin home. >> he needs to get back into the ocean and head south andet back to be with all his other friends. >> reporter: happy feet will need all the resourcefulness a penguin can muster. david wright, abc news, san diego. >> stay tuned. and we want to tell you now about something new, a special edition coming up tonight of "nightline" in primetime. dramatic new insights into the case drawing so much attention, casey anthony on trial. and that's at 10:00. we're always on at, and hope you have a wonderful evening.
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